The Daily Show – Samantha Bee’s Goodbye

The Daily Show – Samantha Bee’s Goodbye


WE HAVE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD A
FEW TIMES THIS YEAR. EACH TIME IT’S NOT EASY. TONIGHT MARKS THE END OF AN ERA,
THE FINAL SHOW OF THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER OF THE GREATEST
[BLEEP] NEWS TEAM, SAMANTHA BEE. IT ALL STARTED BACK IN 2003 OT
THREE. THE BUSH PRESIDENCY WAS ENTERING
ITS TERRIBLE TWOs. THE IRAQ WAR WAS JUST STARTING. SO WE NEEDED A CORRESPONDENT, WE
LOOKED IN THE USUAL PLACES, YOUR LIQUOR STORES, YOUR BETTING
PARLORS, YOUR METHADONE CLINICS, AND OBVIOUSLY GOOGLE MAPS WAS
IN ITS NASCENT STAGES, AND WE TOOK A WRONG TURN,
WE ENDED UP IN CANADA. (LAUGHTER)
AND WE FOUND THIS, THIS, THIS JUST DELIGHTFUL, INCREDIBLY
FUNNY, PERSON, SAM BEE. SO WE HID HER IN THE TRUNK AND
RACED BACK OVER THE BORDER PURSUED BY MOUNTIES. CANADA HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS
LOSING.>>HAVE YOU HAD A HOT CARL SINCE
YOU’VE BEEN HERE?>>I HAVE NOT. I JUST,
YOU KNOW, THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO, I HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO
DO EVERYTHING YET.>>I COULD TOTALLY SEE IF LONG
ISLAND SECEDED AS ITS OWN STATE.>>WE’RE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT
GROUP OF PEOPLE.>>WHAT STATE COULD YOU BEAT UP?>>IRELAND.>>I DON’T THINK THAT COUNTS.>>OH, STATES, I’M SORRY.>>OTHER STATES.>>I FEEL LIKE A RETARD NOW.>>OTHER STATES NOT IN EUROPE.>>STATEN ISLAND.>>OTHER STATES.>>CANADA?>>CANADA? OKAY.>>NONE OF THESE TOOLS ARE
STERILE.>>OKAY, WELL NEITHER IS THIS.
SO LET’S GO. GET STARTED. CAN I CALL YOU
BACK? MY MOM IS IN MY ROOM, AND SHE WANTS TO TALK TO ME
ABOUT SOMETHING! I’M SAMANTHA BEE AND I WATCH
THE FIVE! IT’S THE TALE OF A WINSOME
BLONDE INGENUE, DANA PARINO. THERE’S GOT TO BE A CATCH! COULD YOU MAKE IT SNAPPY?
I’VE GOT PLACES TO BE. SERIOUSLY OKAY, DRIPPING WET BALLS. IGNORE THIS. BABY’S ON FIRE AGAIN. DAMN IT. YOU TWO TIMING MONSTER — AHHH! I’M THE ONE GETTING FLOWN OUT
OF THIS (BLEEP) POOL! ONE PILL MAKES YOU LARGER AND — LET IT RING!>>WELL I THINK A LOT OF THE
TIME IT FEELS LIKE A THANKLESS JOB. PEOPLE THINK OUR DAY ENDS AT
3:00 AND THAT’S NOT THE CASE. WE FEEL UNAPPRECIATED.>>GIVES MEN BASICALLY INSTANT
ERECTIONS. TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF DOING.>>OH BOY, OKAY, OKAY. HAVE YOU HAD YOUR PICTURE TAKEN
WITH A BLACK PERSON YET?>>WELL, I DON’T THINK SO, BUT I
WOULDN’T MIND DOING IT.>>THAT’S SOMETHING YOU WOULD BE
WILLING TO TRY?>>WHY, CERTAINLY.>>THERE’S PLENTY OF THEM.>>I KNOW.>>DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THEM IN
MONTANA?>>WE DON’T, YOU KNOW. WE DON’T
HAVE ANY. IN FACT, OUR KIDS WERE PRETTY
OLD BEFORE THEY SAW ONE.>>Jon: HERE’S A LITTLE
SOMETHING, SOME DAILY SHOW TRIVIA, OF ALL OF OUR
CORRESPONDENTS SAM IS ONLY THE THIRD CORRESPONDENT
TO EVER GET HER FACE STUCK IN A PENIS PUMP. BUT WHILE SHE COULD ALWAYS DO
THE SILLY, THE SAM PIECES THAT I LOVED THE BEST ARE THE ONES
CLOSEST TO HER HEART.>>SARAH PALIN TOOK THE STAGE
AND SILENCED HER CRITICS. BUT THERE’S ONE ISSUE FOR WHICH
SHE’S STILL BEING UNFAIRLY ATTACKED.>>IT’S VERY INAPPROPRIATE
THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SEIZED ON THE ISSUE OF BRISTOL’S
PREGNANCY.>>I THINK IT’S A FAMILY ISSUE.>>YOU KNOW, SHE’S GOING TO HAVE
THE BABY, SHE’S GOING TO GET MARRIED..>>SHE SAID NO, IT’S A HUMAN
BEING.>>SHE MADE THE — I’M SORRY,
WHAT IS THE DECISION — THE DECISION — THERE’S ANOTHER
WORD I’M LOOKING FOR. I THINK IT RHYMES WITH VOICE. EVERY FAMILY AND EVERY WOMAN
SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO — I’M SORRY, WHAT’S THE WORD I’M
LOOKING FOR? IT’S HER FAMILY, IT’S HER —
GOD, WHAT IS THE WORD? WHAT IS THE WORD
I’M LOOKING FOR? IT’S LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT
OF OPTIONS, AND YOU HAVE TO SELECT ONE. WHAT’S THE WORD
I’M LOOKING FOR? WHAT IS THE WORD I’M LOOKING
FOR?>>ADOPTION IS ONE.>>NO, THERE’S A SPECIFIC WORD
I’M LOOKING FOR.>>YES, BUT I DON’T THINK THE —
I DON’T THINK THAT THE DECISION — I THINK IT SHOULD
BE — NOT — I THINK THAT THE FAMILY DECISION WOULD BECOME —
THAT’S HOW — YES. OKAY.>>A DIFFERENT CHOICE? CHOICE! YES! EXACTLY! EVERY FAMILY, EVERY PERSON
SHOULD HAVE THE CHOICE TO DECIDE WHAT’S BEST FOR THEM!>>THERE MAY SEE A 10-YEAR-OLD
OUT THERE PICKING TOBACCO BUT YOU WON’T SEE HIM THERE ALL DAY.>>I WORK 12 HOURS A DAY IN THE
TOBACCO FARM.>>OR SOMETIMES A LITTLBE BIT
LONGER.>>OKAY, WOW. YOU’RE MAKING IT
VERY HARD FOR ME TO IRONICALLY SUPPORT
CHILD TOBACCO LABOR. THE PRESIDENT SAYS THAT HE WANTS
US TO TALK ABOUT RACE. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE! YOU GO FIRST.>>I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT IF
YOU STARTED OFF.>>I DON’T THINK IT WOULD BE
GREAT AT ALL.>>IF YOU’RE SCARED, SAY YOU’RE
SCARED. (LAUGHTER)
>>WHY WOULD I BE SCARED? NO! I’M NOT AT ALL. I’M JUST INCREDIBLY
UNCOMFORTABLE.>>I KNOW THE PERCENTAGE IS SO
SMALL, SO SMALL OF A PERSON BECOMING PREGNANT FROM A RAPE
THAT I JUST DON’T EVEN KNOW IF THAT’S EVEN IN THE EQUATION
BECAUSE THEY SAY THAT PERCENTAGE IS JUST, LIKE, ALMOST
IMPOSSIBLE. NOT IMPOSSIBLE BUT CLOSE, AND
THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CASES.>>YEAH, PROBABLY ABOUT 32,000 A
YEAR.>>IS IT 32? OKAY.
>>THOUSAND.>>YEAH, OKAY.
>>32,000.>>WOMEN IN COMBAT POSITIONS ARE
A THREAT TO MILITARY COHESION. IT’S NOT CLEAR THAT MEN CAN
ACTUALLY BOND WITH WOMEN. MEN JOIN THE INFANTRY BECAUSE
THEY WANT TO FIGHT.>>SORRY, EXCUSE ME FOR ONE
SECOND. OKAY. OKAY, THAT’S MUCH BETTER.
SORRY.>>GIRLS BECOME WOMEN BY GETTING
OLDER. BOYS BECOME MEN BY ACCOMPLISHING
SOMETHING, BY PROVING SOMETHING.>>OKAY. HAVE YOU EVER ACTUALLY MET A
WOMAN BEFORE?>>SEVERAL.>>UM… A WOMAN WHO DID NOT WANT TO
STRANGLE YOU?>>THE REVERSE HAPPENS AS WELL,
WHERE HOMOSEXUALS GO OUT AND FIND STRAIGHTS TO BEAT UP.>>REALLY?>>YEAH.>>ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT? HEY! WATCH OUT! I’VE GOT A CHRISTIAN! GUYS! DAMN IT! IT’S LIKE YOU CAN’T EVEN GO ON
THE RADIO ANYMORE AND CONDEMN A WHOLE SUBSET OF PEOPLE TO HELL
WITHOUT GETTING SOME BLOWBACK.>>WHEN YOU PUT IT THAT WAY IT
DOES SOUND RATHER ARROGANT, MYOPIC, NARROW-MINDED AND
BIGOTED.>>GOOD, THEN I’VE DONE MY JOB.>>Jon: PLEASE WELCOME OUR
SENIOR, SENIOR CORRESPONDENT CORRESPONDENT SAMANTHA BEE! (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

The Trans Panic Epidemic: The Daily Show

The Trans Panic Epidemic: The Daily Show


So, what is it
that scares so many people about transgender communities? And what’s it like to live
as the focus of that fear? Jessica Williams finds out. WILLIAMS:Iowa’s most famous
for its cornfields,
butter sculptures, and butter
sculptures of cornfields.
Until last summer, when
transgender woman Meagan Taylor
tried to check in to the Drury
Inn in the city of Des Moines.
We sat down with Taylor herself
for an exclusive tell-all.
I could tell when I checked in to the hotel that it was…
it was…Shh. I got this,
real Meagan Taylor.
It was July 12, 2015.You presented your I.D.
to the hotel manager.
Hi. I have a reservation.But she was onto you.Fearing for her life,
she took immediate action.
WOMAN:And that’s when the cops came
and all hell broke loose.
But let’s rewind here.What triggered the cops
to respond?
You pull out a gun,
and then the cops come
and you’re arrested? None of that happened. Well, did you pull out a knife? ♪ ♪ No.Well, did you do drugs?Nothing of the sort. Well, then why the hell
were you arrested? Um, I got arrested because
I was a black transgender woman.Specifically, cops held her
because she didn’t have
a prescription
for her hormone pills.
And this is 2016.What were you doing in Iowa? I was there going to a funeral. -You were there for a funeral?
-Yeah. And did you get to attend
the funeral, -at least? -I didn’t get
to make the funeral at all. How long were you in jail for? I was in jail for eight days. I’m sorry. I… It’s terrible. Take your time.Ugh, I thought it was tough
being a black woman.
But compared
to a black transgender woman,
I might as well be
a white frat dude
at a Dave Matthews concert.Transgender women get arrested
all the time, especially
black transgender women, just by walking down the street
or anything.And by anything,
she means literally anything.
Because of discrimination
and profiling,
at least 47%
of black trans people
will have at some point in
their lives been incarcerated.
Let’s underline, bold, and set
fire to that
(bleep)graphic,because it’s 47%.You think there’d be laws
to correct this.
But instead, this year alone,state legislatures
have introduced
175 anti-trans bills.Many make it legal
to discriminate based solely
on religious beliefs.And then you have
these bathroom bills.
REPORTER:It would fine
and imprison transgender people
who use public restrooms
that don’t match
the gender
on their birth certificate. WILLIAMS:That’s what’s really
triggering this trans panic.
Just listen
to Colorado representative
and Elmer Fudd look-alike
Gordon Klingenschmitt.
Should we fear
the transgender community? Well, they not only want
to be confused about their own identity, but they want the rest of us
to be confused with them. Now they want the government
to join them in that pretense. -They’re making us into liars.
-Wow.Okay. I met
with these so-called liars
to find out
what their evil intentions are.
There’s a notion that
trans people are perpetrators in some way, that we’re sneaking
and trying to trick you for the purposes
of having sex with you. And that’s not the case at all. People just want
to see male and female, like it has to fit in one
of those two boxes, and if it doesn’t,
it makes people uncomfortable. -And it’s surely not a choice.
-That’s all you need to know.Well, not according
to Klingenschmitt, who thinks
that we’re all going to
get attacked in the bathroom.
A man can go into a ladies’ room and assault you
and your little girl.Especially in
our most important bathrooms.
Next time, ladies,
you go out to Olive Garden, watch out who’s gonna be
in the bathroom. There’s no reported incidences
of any trans person ever raping or assaulting anyone
in any bathroom ever. If anything, trans people
are the ones getting assaulted.These people are up against
some bull(bleep).
There must be some small way
I can help them out.
Give me some offensive comments
or questions, and I’ll give you
some good answers that you can use
in your day-to-day life. Why are your feet so small? Oh. You think my feet are small? -You have a (bleep).
-Wow. Whew! Okay, that’s guns a-blazing
on that question. Um, I don’t currently
have a (bleep), so… -How much?
-How much for…? -Sex.
-Oh, (bleep). Uh… -How do you have sex? -So,
are your parents ashamed of you? -What’s the gender mark on your
ID? -When do you tell them that -you’re really a man?
-I don’t know. When it’s appropriate? Do you have cadaver tits? -Don’t tell me what that is.
-What’s your real name? -Yeah. I just want to know.
-Yeah. What’s your name? -Tell us.
-Did you chop it off? Do straight women date you, -or gay women?
-How much would it cost? -(overlapping chatter)
-Do you like to suck (bleep)? -(overlapping chatter)
-What’s your real name? WILLIAMS:The transgender
community is more oppressed
than I could have ever
imagined,
so why does Gordon feel
so threatened?
Have you ever been attacked
by a transgender person? Is that why this is happening? No. Have you ever had a traumatic
experience with a trans person? I wouldn’t call it
traumatic, no. I-I… -Devastating?
-Yeah. No. You haven’t?So why does he feel this way?Dressing like a woman,
and he’s not a woman. WILLIAMS:Wait a second.
This guy’s a preacher, too?
And he thinks what?It’s not just
a psychological disorder. It’s actually a demonic spirit. WILLIAMS:
Okay, so now they’re possessed?
Go on.I would be comfortable talking
about religious freedom, but I’d have to change
into my alter ego if you’re okay with that. You have to change
into your alter ego? Who are you, Lady Gaga?
Go on ahead and change.Okay, hold up.
Is everybody seeing this?
I am actually waiting
for this man to transition
so that he can feel
more comfortable
during our interview.Oh, and also, hey, heads up.I am not judging him
for his personal choice.
Until he took out his phoneto judge others
for their personal choices.
And Deuteronomy 22:5 says, “A woman must not wear
men’s clothing, “nor a man wear women’s clothing for the Lord your God detests
anyone who does this.” I don’t remember that part, -but there is a part
about shellfish… -Mm-hmm. -…or stoning people to death.
-Mm-hmm. Getting tattoos. But what about their sincerely held
religious beliefs? They can go (bleep)
in their (bleep) hand, -because we have separation
of church and state. -Mm. Because we believe
in our constitution. WILLIAMS:Nevertheless,
these bathroom bills
are being passed,and Gordon is doing everything
he can to make it happen.
Get used to the idea of having your women
and children share bathrooms with cross-dressing men who are going to expose
themselves to you. Do you, for whatever reason, associate being transgender
with being a pervert? I mean, that is perversion. It’s people who label themselves as transgender for the purpose
of getting that access to violate the rights of others. Is it fair to say
that because you’re a priest that you’re a pedophile? Well, of course not. Why is it, “of course not.”?
Why? Because some people
are criminals, and some people
are not criminals. Could you take that logic and apply that
to the transgender community? They’re apples and oranges.
I think… By apples and oranges,
do you mean apples and apples?Unfortunately, a lot of people
think like Gordon.
So how can we end
this transphobic epidemic?
Hopefully, they can understand
that we are striving towards becoming a more
authentic version of ourselves, after a lot of soul-searching
and a lot of thought, and sometimes a lot of trauma
and tragedy. Passing these bills is
absolutely going to just add fuel to the fire
and ignite trans panic.Trans panic, panic, panic.WILLIAMS:They’ve existed
since the beginning of time.
They are not
who people think they are.
Girl, you know
we need to elevate that leg. WILLIAMS:
They come out at night.
-Stop! No!-Or during the day
depending on their schedule.
You forgot your hat. WILLIAMS:
They have an appetite.
When they’re hungry.You’re really gonna love
this salad! WILLIAMS:
This summer, get ready for…
the most boring movie everwhere transgender people
cause… transpanic!
(yelling) Lights went out again. WILLIAMS:Even though they’re
just like the rest of us.
What else is on Netflix?

Mariska Hargitay – “I Am Evidence” and America’s Sexual Assault Epidemic | The Daily Show

Mariska Hargitay – “I Am Evidence” and America’s Sexual Assault Epidemic | The Daily Show


Please welcome Mariska Hargitay. (cheering and applause) Welcome to the show. Thank you.
I am very happy to be here. This is so much fun having you,
because, I mean, like, Law & Order
I’ve watched my whole life, and I watched your show
in South Africa. -It’s big. And I always wonder,
-Hmm. like, when you’ve played
a character like Olivia Benson
for as long as you have, do you sometimes feel
like you, like, know the law? Like, do you ever feel
like you are in law enforcement -sometimes?
-No, I… Absolutely, I feel like I do. And I’m also somebody
that jumps in and gets confused about what my real job is.
(laughs) There-there have been times
in my life where I’ve seen something
on the street and I jump in. Like, “Hey! Put that down! Get in here! Come here.” And I’ve done it so many times. I’m like, “Mariska,
you need to calm down.” -Yeah, but I-I feel like you
play your character -Seriously. so convincingly that if you
did that to me in real life, I’d be like, “Yeah,
it’s Law & Order.” (cries out) I’d be like, “It’s Law & Order.” No, it’s been fun, you know. This-this…
When you do something -Right.
-for 19 years– I started the show
when I was four– and when you do… -(laughs)
-No, but when you do some… Why is he laughing? That feels weird. I’m gonna be 23.
Anyway, um, I… I, um, when you do something
for this long, -you know, your body
sort of reacts to it. -Right. -Right, right.
-So when I get… When there’s crisis,
I go into crisis mode. I like that, I like that a lot. I go into lieutenant mode. -Go into lieutenant mode.
-I’m not in that mode right now. (both laugh) The, uh, the show is-is
an interesting one because, you know, Law & Order
has so many different spin-offs, but Special Victims Unit is one that connected
with so many people -in a visceral way.
-Yeah. Hmm. Because we were used
to glamorous crimes. You know,
it was always all the murder. It was the this, it was
the swindling, it was the… But Special Victims Unit
tackled something that, like, a lot of people
have experienced, unfortunately. -Hmm. -You know,
the #MeToo movement has exposed how pervasive sexual assault
and harassment have been, and that’s-that’s what your show
has been covering -for so long.
-Mm-hmm. You went through
an interesting experience where people who were victims, uh, and survivors
of sexual assault or harassment reached out to your character, like, they wrote you fan mail -and asked you for help.
-They did. Like, they actually went,
“I need your help.” Did people not know
that your character wasn’t real or-or was it something else? You know, I think that,
for so long, um, survivors have been living
in a culture of, um… of shame and isolation. Uh, when I started the show,
I started… -I’d come off E.R.
-Right. And so when you’re, you know,
getting normal fan mail, you get, “Hi, I love your show.
Can I get an autographed photo?” And… (clears throat) all
of a sudden, when I started SVU, after the show had been airing
for a while, I started getting a very
different kind of fan letter, um, with victims
actually disclosing their stories of abuse. And many for the first time. And in those letters, there always was
the same theme, again, of shame, stigma, and isolation. -Isolation.
-Right. And them saying
“I’ve never told anyone before” and not feeling safe
to tell anyone or feeling scared
that it wouldn’t… they wouldn’t be believed or
it wouldn’t be received right. -Right. -So I think
that they went to this… f-fictionalized character that maybe was the first person that showed empathy
and compassion. And they knew that Olivia was
always for the victim first and felt safe there. And hopefully now
that is indeed changing. Right. And that’s a powerful
connection for people to have with a character and with a…
with-with a show. And it’s something that I think many people
would find overwhelming. I don’t know if I’d be able
to handle that. I don’t know
how I would handle it. But you, you took it
and turned it into something really positive. You started your foundation,
Joyful Heart. What is Joyful Heart all about? Thank you. Well, I… You know, when I started getting these
letters, as you can imagine, I was, um… shocked and wanted to respond
and was so, uh… -It was very painful, receiving
these letters. -Mm-hmm. And I-I didn’t know
how to respond. So I tried to-to educate myself. And, uh, I was so… enraged when I learned about the
statistics of sexual assault, that-that one in three women
and one in six men will be abused
in their lifetime. I mean, this wa…
these were crazy statistics. And I thought, if-if those were
the statistics, uh, one in four women will be
assaulted by her 18th birthday, h-how is it that everybody
wasn’t talking about this? -Right.
-This was an epidemic. So that’s when I started
educating myself. And when I did, um, my research for the role
of-of playing Olivia, besides hanging out…
(clears throat) in police, you know, precincts and
with cops and doing ride-alongs, I also went
through a 40-hour training to become
a rape crisis advocate, -which taught me how to deal
with survivors, -Wow. because I knew I wanted
to play this character, um, in-in a different way, with all of myself and all
of my humanity and empathy and-and femininity. And not in, you know,
a-a female in a man’s world, -and not in a…
in a sort of male way. -Right. Um, you know,
playing this hard-ass, you know, badass detective who, as we all have different sides
of us, also has compassion… -Yes. -empathy and humanity,
as I said. So, um, that’s when
I sort of put a… structure to…
to my anger and started
the Joyful Heart Foundation to help victims reclaim,
you know, their… reclaim their lives, or reclaim
possibility and joy. And then in 2009, I learned about
the rape kit backlog. Right. In 2009, I learned about… Uh, there was a study done
by Human Rights Watch that exposed this… (laughs) unbelievable travesty
in our nation that when a woman
was brave enough and courageous enough to come forward
after being assaulted, and would go through
a four to six-hour… often completely invasive, -and often retraumatizing
examination… -Mm-hmm. And they would do, you know,
a sexual assault evidence, you know, collection kit, and poke them and prod them. And, you know, it’s a
humiliating, painful process. And then we found out that these kits were sitting
on shelves in police storage facilities. And you would assume that
in America, in this country, obviously if the evidence
collection kit was-was taken, -it would be processed.
-Right. And we found
that that wasn’t the case. And I found out
the first case was… Um, the first time I found out
about it was the study done in-in California,
in Los Angeles that there were 12,000,
I think, 669 kits. So, the following year, I went to testify
before Congress, and that’s when I met this amazing badass of a woman named Kym Worthy who was
the Wayne Country Prosecutor… -Right.
-…who was also testifying. And when we met, it was… -We were done.
-You-you… You know, it was a little bit
of a match… -Right.
-…made in heaven. And you’ve been on a journey
ever since. And this documentary, I think,
is in many ways a culmination of that journey, because this story
is illuminating in so many different ways. We learn about these rape kits
that are taken. Uh, we learn about
the experiences of these women who have survived
these horrific incidents. And then we learn
that there are just backlogs. There are kits
that are sitting on shelves, and rapists are walking free
in the streets. Some people may say,
“Okay, that-that’s bad.” But there’s a story
in particular where one woman’s rape was tied
to another woman’s rape… -Yeah.
-…13 years later. Is this a story
that you come across often? Well, you know, the… the rape kit backlog,
which of course, after we found that there were,
you know… This was the same…
the same story in every city. -Right.
-Right? And there are estimated
hundreds of thousands of-of rape kits sitting
in police storage facility, and there are so many reasons
to test these kits. But not testing them clearly
sends a message to survivors, saying, “You don’t matter
and your kit doesn’t matter and your case doesn’t matter,” and it certainly tells
perpetrators, -“Well, it doesn’t matter.
Continue.” -Right. What we learn is that
by putting the DNA in the CODIS, which is the national database,
we kept finding hits, and that there were
so many serial rapists. Kym found, in Detroit,
I think out of 11,000 kids, there were… eight hundred… 879 serial rapists. So in the movie,
which was very, you know, difficult to put together–
this was my first documentary, and we interviewed 14 women,
all with the most… who were
so extraordinarily brave, but with these
compelling stories– and I’ll tell you,
I could have made a documentary -on each one of these woman,
with their stories. -Right. But, you know, a documentary,
how do you tell the story, how do you weave it together? And then…
we found that one of… one of the rapists was indeed
a, um, truck driver -who, uh, had…
hadn’t been apprehended. -Right. And one of the women
was waiting, uh, 11 years… 14 years for the precinct
to call her back. They never did. And in the meantime… he was busy assaulting
other women. -So…
-It’s… yeah, it’s a story -that… that is enraging,
-It’s enraging. it’s frustrating, um,
and at the same time, uplifting, because of what
we see in the documentary. We see the work that
your organization is doing. We see the work that
these women are doing, fighting this process. What can be done, though? Some people go, it’s a backlog, the police department
cannot do anything, -Oh, we can. -but New York City
has done something. -What can be done?
-And I wanted to make this movie because it’s so hard…
hard-hitting. And again, when I found out
about it in 2009, you know,
my head almost exploded. I just remember going,
“This can’t… this cannot be.” -Right.
-It can’t be. This is America. How… It can’t be. And I remember doing
a satellite media tour the following year, and none
of the journalists, nobody knew. They’d go, “Wait, what?” They would stop me and say,
“You’re telling me… “that the woman goes
through this examination and they’re not testing
the kits?” And so… this is an incredibly… You know, how do you measure
sexual assault in this country? How do you measure
how women are being treated? And that’s what I thought–
this is a perfect -sort of microcosm
of how we treat women, -Right. how we treat survivors. And, uh… it’s sort of, like… sort of holds a mirror
up to the country, and says, “This is what we’re doing,
so let’s change it.” The good news is, it’s fixable. The good news is
that Joyful Heart, my foundation
that I founded in 2004, has been… has made
the rape kit backlog our number one
advocacy priority. And so we have made
these six pillars of legislation that we’re trying
to push through, and we are changing legislation
in every state. Um, New York doesn’t have
a backlog. Thank God. And, um, certain…
certain states by states and cities by cities
are cleaning up their backlog. -Right. -So you can go
to endthebacklog.org and find out what you can do,
write to your legislators, write to your congressmen,
and we can change it. We just have to be persistent
and never give up. I think that sounds amazing. -Thank you so much for being
on the show. -Thank you so much. I Am Evidence debuts
Monday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. on HBO. And for more information
about how you can help, visit endthebacklog.org. Mariska Hargitay, everybody.